Cruz in legal process to renounce Canadian citizenship
December 29th, 2013
01:17 PM ET
11 months ago

Cruz in legal process to renounce Canadian citizenship

(CNN) - Sen. Ted Cruz has hired lawyers to help him get rid of his Canadian citizenship, the Republican from Texas told the Dallas Morning News in an interview published online Saturday night.

"I have retained counsel that is preparing the paperwork to renounce the citizenship," he said, adding he expects the process to be completed in 2014.

His office also confirmed the decision to CNN.

Cruz has said in the past he planned to renounce his citizenship, but his latest remarks represent concrete steps he's taking to actively do so.

The first-term senator has said before that he wasn't aware he was still legally tied to Canada until the Dallas newspaper raised the issue in August, quoting legal experts who said the potential presidential candidate was technically a dual citizen.

Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father.

United States law states that anyone born to a U.S. parent in another country is born as a U.S. citizen.

But, like in the U.S., Canada's laws state that anyone born inside its borders automatically becomes a Canadian citizen.

"Because I was a U.S. citizen at birth, because I left Calgary when I was 4 and have lived my entire life since then in the U.S., and because I have never taken affirmative steps to claim Canadian citizenship, I assumed that was the end of the matter," Cruz said in a statement in August.

Cruz told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley at the time he would attempt to renounce his Canadian citizenship.

"Serving as a U.S. senator, I think it's appropriate that I be only an American," he said.

Cruz told the Dallas Morning News that the topic came up when he met last month with real estate titan Donald Trump, who was known as one of the leading voices in the "birther" movement that questioned whether President Barack Obama was a U.S. citizen.

Obama released his long-form birth certificate in April 2011, proving that he was born in Hawaii and largely putting to rest speculation about his citizenship.

Cruz did not go into detail about the meeting with Trump, saying only that the topic was not discussed in "any significant respect."

A spokesperson for Trump did not immediately return a request for comment about Trump's conversation with Cruz.


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soundoff (821 Responses)
  1. love344

    this is hilarious...and his birther pals are silent

    December 29, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. WACANHFL

    Thank Goodness he's doesn't want to be Canadian anymore. I am sure the Canadians are happy about it.

    December 29, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. taxes baby

    he also owes all those taxes over the years, because once a canadian you still owe taxes even if not a resident, it would be best if the canadian government prosecutes for unpaid taxes, were the mother and father legally in Canada at the time? is he a product of hippies?

    December 29, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. mos

    This means he has given up trying to kill Obamacare and he won't be needing Canadian health insurance.

    December 29, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. WACANHFL

    Thank goodness he is renouncing his Canadian citizenship. If he'd only renounce his American Citizenship...

    December 29, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Chris

    He'll be our first Canadian President!

    December 29, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. EireM55

    No loss to Canada.

    December 29, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. OrmondGeorge

    DEMOCRATS: LEAVE HIM ALONE ON THIS
    Republicans, who eat their young, will take care of him long before we need to go up against a Republican for real, so save your energy for when they come after us.

    December 29, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. daw, NC

    I'm sure Canada will be very happy to not have him as a citizen.

    December 29, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. Jim Storey

    An end of year gift for Canada.

    December 29, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. corpsman

    I was hoping Cruz would go into Canadian politics….

    December 29, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. ElmerGantry

    Cruz stated, "Serving as a U.S. senator, I think it's appropriate that I be only an American,"

    That's laughable.

    The only reason for this is Cruz wants to join the 2016 presidential candidate clown bus. That is all.

    December 29, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    A Canadian shut down the US government? This means war.

    December 29, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. Greenspam

    Cruz is a Canadian/American.

    December 29, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  15. John

    What about his Cuban citizenship?

    December 29, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. cruzisbad

    How is this character have access to classified US material as a senator while holding active citizenship of another country

    December 29, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. Ralph

    This guy is a danger to himself and others. He is the worst liar I've ever met.

    December 29, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. Bill Carney

    "The first-term senator has said before that he wasn't aware he was still legally tied to Canada until the Dallas newspaper raised the issue in August ..." There's a big fat lie! Are we to believe, that a Harvard educated Lawyer, who has presidential ambitions, wasn't aware that he is a dual citizen? Hey Cruz, look down, your pants are on fire!

    December 29, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. canuck

    Yes, please keep him!!

    December 29, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. wonderer22

    "Obama released his long-form birth certificate in April 2011, proving that he was born in Hawaii..."
    __

    The long-form birth certificate was the second document to prove that he was born in Hawaii. The first, the Certification of Live Birth released in 2008, had already proven it.

    COLBs like that have for over a decade been the standard form of Birth Certificate issued by Hawaii, and despite all the blathering of the crazy birthers, that "short-form" document would be accepted as self-authenticating under the Federal Rules of Evidence, and prima facie evidence, in any court in the land.

    December 29, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. Johan S

    He met with Trump why? Was it to cut a deal so that Trump won't go after him?

    December 29, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. addy

    It will be interesting to see what Donald Trump will say now

    December 29, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. Douglas Smith

    Certain people are an embarrassment to Canada. Perhaps we could get Justin Beiber to renounce his Canadian citizenship as well!

    December 29, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. Doubleokool

    This fool needs to go back to Canada and try and shut down their Government. Let's see if his right wing ideas go over well there.

    December 29, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. Don Wecua

    We can predict that the Canadians will be happy to process his application expeditiously.

    December 29, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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